Permanent Wood Foundations (PWF)
PWF have been gaining popularity over the
last 50 years.
Some of the benefits claimed for Preserved Wood Foundations include:
- Easy to build.
- Easy to modify to add more rooms or change the shape in the future
- Structurally strong
- Long lasting
- Easy to finish
- Resistant to insect and rodent damage
- Ideal for the Do-it-Yourselfer
The DELTA-MS waterproofing membrane system provides two lines of defense. The first is an impermeable plastic sheet that is waterproof. The second is the dimpled structure that offers a free drainage path. In the event that water passes the first line of defense, it can flow freely down the air gap to the footer drain. Unlike a coating, DELTA-MS bridges all size cracks, ignores damage points and deflects water as well as soil dampness. It also allows for the drainage of construction moisture to the footer drain.
All Building Codes require a perimeter drain system regardless of the type of foundation. Root obstructions may be able to be removed using a sewer machine but this also is a temporary fix. Trees need water and the weeping tile around your house is an excellent source. There are really two options, replace the weeping tile or abandon the weeping tile. We call the process of replacing the perimeter drain tile an Exterior Excavation which as its name implies, is done from the outside. Abandoning the tile does not mean ignoring it and letting it leak, or filling in the basement with concrete.
Any time a window, air vent, or chimney etc., are located below grade a well of some sort is required. A window well is a shaped piece of corrugated galvanized steel, built on-site wood or concrete or a custom prefab designer well. A basic galvanized well may seem like a simple item with simple installation. If that were true, fixing window wells would not feature so prominently in DryBasements.com Ltd.'s business. Improper sizing, placement, installation, drain structure are some of the problems remedied on a regular basis by DryBasements.com. Visit our Window Well page for more information.
Whether connected to the municipal sanitary sewer alone or to both storm and sanitary sewers, your home could be susceptible to a backup. With today's weather being so unpredictable and extreme weather events being regular news items, it makes sense to ensure that your home is protected. See our Basement Isolation section to llearn how your home can be protected.
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